Xbox 360: Onslaught on Competitors' Home Land

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Xbox 360: Onslaught on Competitors' Home Land
Celebrating one million Xbox 360s sold in Japan, Microsoft's General Manager, Home & Entertainment Division in that country - Takashi Sensui - has announced a "Thank You"" campaign. This will see 1,000,000 Microsoft Points scattered around Nippon along with a free dashboard theme.

Seems like MS is taking Sony's (and Nintendo's) homeland very, very seriously indeed.

The campaign was announced at an Xbox event in Japan yesterday. Along with this came details of game releases, the launch of XNA Game Studio 3.1 and Xbox Live Community Games.

Third parties in attendance included: Capcom (with a message from Dead Rising's Keiji Inafune); Namco Bandai (with Magna Carta 2's Yoshihisa Kanesaka); SEGA (Takayuki Kawagoe, End of Eternity); Tri-Ace (Takayuki Suguro); Platinum Games (Yusuke Hashimoto). Games were also announced from Square Enix (no surprises there) and Taito. In short, a more than decent representation of Japanese support for the platform.

Included in the release line-up for Japan was... a localised version of Gears of War 2 (to the disgust of many a US blogger... for some reason).

So, the following games were mentioned for short of medium term release on the platform:

0 Day Attack on Earth
Banjo-Tooie
Battlestations Pacific
Bayonetta
Bionic Commando
BlazBlue
Dead Rising 2
Death Smiles
Dream Club
Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires.
Elder Scrolls Sivering Isles expansion.
Extreme Racing Pure
Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders
Garou Mark of the Wolves
H.A.W.X.
Halo: ODST
Ketsui Extra
King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match
King of Fighters XIII
King of Fighters+ Sky State
KOF XII
Lode Runner
Lost Planet 2
Magna Carta 2
Mamoru-kun
Mass Effect
Mega Man 9
MLB 2K9
NHL2K9
O-D Beatdrop
Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising
Project Cube
Puzzle Bobble NEO!
Samurai Spirits Shin
Space Invaders Extreme
Tayutama Kiss on my Deity.
Tekken 6
Time Leap
Top Spin 3
Virtual-ON
Wanted Weapons of Fate
WWE Legends of Wrestlemania
X Blade
Yosumin LIVE!


A full blog of the event can be found over here at Andriasang.




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Comments

ZedCrazy 21 Apr 2009 14:29
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Theres a Huuuuge amount of multiplats there. I suppose Japan will still choose the PS3 version over the 360. And with the recent disgust over Tales of Ves being released on the Ps3 after MS's label of "Exclusive" wasn't accurate, they'll wait for any announced "Exclusive" to be announced for the ps3 half a year later.
Roblc 21 Apr 2009 17:48
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Gears 2 in japan? Well, regardless how many multiplatform titles they may have over there, Gears is definitely going to stay with MS for certain. Unless a poster's stupidity gets the better of them and contradict me because I am not dotting all my " i's " and crossing all my " t's ",I find it safe to say that US XBoxLive gamers(like me) will more than welcome the Japanese public to the Gears 2 community. I am sure they will be alot more excited in Gears 2 than KZ2 <****looks both ways***>
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Me 21 Apr 2009 17:52
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And since most of those are/will end on PS3 its an onslaught?Where? Catchy frase to gain hits. right? At least you succed in there.
OptimusP 21 Apr 2009 19:08
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Me wrote:
And since most of those are/will end on PS3 its an onslaught?Where? Catchy frase to gain hits. right? At least you succed in there.

Buttocks and Buttocks, this is what the gaming press does, for decades...and i have ploughn trough a lot of years worth of gamemagazines for my masterthesis so i know. These kind of huge round-up of titles, even if most of them are not exclusive, is practically always called a onslaught, or big push or something else.

And gamecompanies have also for decades promoted games on their console, even if they are not exclusive.

Bloody gamers and their lack of perspective...


Joji 22 Apr 2009 19:02
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While this might seem like little to us, its a positive step to give japanese gamers something. The game is constantly changing, and at last, it seems japanese gamers are accepting 360 for what it is. Something different to what they know, but not bad because of it as they might have first thought.

Pretty soon, they'll be saying. 'Gaijin games, can be pretty good'. Wishful thinking, but it'll happen soon.

More so, it's important to help mold the japanese sense of what a game can be, as not everything they create is golden. There's a lot they need to learn, to bring them up to speed with the west, and 360 is a great test bed for that. Hopefully, in a few years, a game with great graphics and gameplay, won't be the only stable of money bags devs like Square.
OptimusP 22 Apr 2009 21:31
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Joji wrote:

More so, it's important to help mold the japanese sense of what a game can be, as not everything they create is golden. There's a lot they need to learn, to bring them up to speed with the west, and 360 is a great test bed for that. Hopefully, in a few years, a game with great graphics and gameplay, won't be the only stable of money bags devs like Square.

But there is a weakness in Western, let's call it American-dominated, way of game-making. Western games are built around technologies and so lack in terms of interesting concepts and inventive game-design. Japanese game-design is built around concepts and only brings in technology in a supporting way. That's why you don't see Japanese developers try on sand-box games that much. In their eyes, sure fantastic tech, but where's the actual fun gameplay (didn't Peter Moore of Peter Molyneux said something similiar once?). The Zelda-games are the only thing close to it and they're full of puzzels and obstacles or gameplay linked requirements. GTA has "gather x amount of money to advance" or something.

In a sense, American game development stops where Japanese game development begins. Americans use tech to create generic (sometmes wel constructed) gameworlds. Japanese create gameworlds to then later on add the zany stuff to it. European developers actually are a mix of both. Especially all those small- mid sized european developers not under some american/Japanese brand. Look to games like Mount & Blade, Men of War or Hearts of Iron.
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